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intr.v. per·sev·er·at·ed, per·sev·er·at·ing, per·sev·er·ates Psychology
To manifest or experience perseveration.

[Back-formation from perseveration.]

per·sev′er·a′tive adj.
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vb (intr)
(Psychology) psychol to reiterate to excess or when original impetus no longer applies
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(pərˈsɛv əˌreɪt)

v.i. -at•ed, -at•ing.
to repeat a word, gesture, or act insistently or redundantly.
[1910; back formation from perseveration < German Perseverationtendenz]
per•sev`er•a′tion, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.perseverate - psychology: repeat a response after the cessation of the original stimulus; "The subjects in this study perseverated"
ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell - to say, state, or perform again; "She kept reiterating her request"
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Despite what might be perceived as negatives, his teacher looked for the positive and found it in Chance's ability to perseverate on certain topics (Beghetto, 2009; Beghetto & Kaufman, 2010).
Juveniles of Lymnaea smart snails do not perseverate and have the capacity to form LTM.
Instead, politicians and pundits perseverate on reducing firing speeds, excluding mentally ill people from the right to buy a gun, and building lists of people with ties to terrorist groups: interventions aimed at minimizing the odds of already-rare deaths from mass shootings.
Cummins (2001) suggested that teachers tend to perseverate on deficit beliefs rather than the distribution of economic and educational resources as factors perpetuating student underachievement.
But Portwood didn't perseverate on bullying or Abraham.
Those unresolved feelings and/or traumatic experiences may be stored as muscle tension and shock, or perseverate in memories and dysfunctional behavior patterns.
They can, in fact, follow a plan, provided they perseverate on it with the exclusion of all else.
Riley's anxiety would increase and he would perseverate on the time Tom was supposed to have been home; leading to talking back to Jen and difficulty following through on what was asked of him.
Flexibility, or the ability to perseverate, refers to children's ability to switch back and forth between and to simultaneously think about several dimensions of an object (Zelazo 2004), which can be understood as children's ability to focus on single or multiple dimensions of objects.
Alternatively, attending less school may have resulted in more time and fewer distractions to thoughtfully complete symptom diaries or perseverate on symptoms."
I loved getting comments from Joe because he was so thorough and so perceptive, although, to be completely honest, he could occasionally be annoying, especially when he would perseverate about matters of disagreement.
Although we perseverate on development of more specific measurement and instrument design (with good reason), this chapter helps to identify the "forest" issues that may hide the accountability system "trees." The reader can take a step back and reflect on how delicate these considerations may be and how important it is to think intelligently about these more overarching accountability issues.